Black women are still least likely* to be involved in interracial relationships. Sometimes it's conditioning. Other times the issue is guilt. And still others are just physically attracted to men who are more likely to match their own physical and cultural life.
TV shows like "Scandal" may be opening the lines of communication between black women and white men. Of course there are no scientific studies to date about entertainment's influence on a person's cultural dating life.
During an interview with radio personality Sway Calloway on "Sway in the Morning" and actor Tony Goldwyn (who plays President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Thomas Grant III), one listener believed the ABC show may be an influential factor in changing those mindsets though.
"Tony, from another white man, thank you because now a lot of the black ladies are showing us a lot more love," said listener Garrett from Texas.
The crew busted out laughing, and Goldwyn was particularly amused.
"The Merchant of Cool," a PBS' "Frontline" special, is all the proof needed to show the gray area between what people see marketed to them and what they do with this information. Even though the special focused on teenagers, adults may be just as easily influenced in this arena.
Romantic comedies alone make men held to a much higher standard than they would be if compared to what women usually see around them. But "Scandal" doesn't just touch on romance. Race is the elephant in the room that rarely if ever is spoken about except from the mouth of Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington). Shonda Rhimes, the creator and executive producer of "Scandal," never includes dialogue for Fitz or Jake Ballard to touch on the topic of race. Olivia Pope may be a mistress, but her race is irrelevant to their lust, love and frustration with the fashionable fixer.
However, the radio personalities on "Sway in the Morning" wanted to know is it more to Goldwyn than just being really convincing as his character Fitz.
"I always like to see how much art reflects life," Tracy G said on "Sway's Universe." "Obviously we've seen Fitz, a white man who feels very comfortable disrobing a black woman, Olivia Pope. But does Tony Goldwyn? Has he ever disrobed a black woman in his real life?"
Although he reminded listeners that he's married (for 27 years to Jane Musky), he smoothly responded with, "Yes, Tony Goldwyn has."
Goldwyn had already admitted on "The Arsenio Hall Show" that black women hit on him way more than they did before the ABC show aired.
Sway gave him dap after gushing over "that black berry."
* In 2010, African-American women and white people had the smallest number (9 percent) of interracial newlyweds. Meanwhile, 24 percent of all black male newlyweds married interracially. About 36 percent of Asian female newlyweds married interracially, compared with 17 percent of Asian male newlyweds. Intermarriage rates with Latino newlyweds were 26 percent, but gender played no standout role in the decision.
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